Primary Genre(s): Children’s Picture Book
Published: 15 August 2020
Page count: 31 (paperback version)
My Format: ebook I own
Do I Recommend: Yes
Commission Link: Buy Too Cute To Spook
My rating: ★★★★★
Everyone knows that a monster’s favorite thing is to scare kids. Lorry is no exception. He wants to be the scariest monster of all. Lorry wants to follow in the steps of his famous ancestors: his dreadful great-grandfather, Scabby Moldbody, who was known for making kids scream the loudest, and his gruesome great-grandmother, Henrietta Fang, who was responsible for more nightmares than any other monster. There is only one small problem, Lorry is cute, and kids aren’t afraid of cute little monsters. Being a different monster makes Lorry sad and ashamed. Unable to fit in, he learns how to stand out.
Considering Halloween is just a little over a month away, I thought I would review this monster book that was recently available free on Amazon. Here are my pros and cons for Too Cute To Spook:
- Awesome illustrations by Alicia Young!
- This is a simple story about a monster that cannot figure out how to scare children because he’s just too adorable! I really appreciated that Lorry turned to books to learn about what children are afraid of so he could at least try to get better at scaring them! I love stories that include books in any manner, but particularly when it encourages kids to use books to learn something. That is a great message for kids.
- While Lorry never does figure how to overcome his cuteness and scare kids, he does inadvertently learn that he has another ability and he is not only very talented in this new ability, but he teaches others how to use it also! What a wonderful lesson that even if we aren’t good at something we think we should excel at, there is probably something else out there we can be good at! Lorry was able to adjust his thinking and embrace change, which is another great message for kids!
- Minor nitpick, but the illustrations are so good that some younger children may be bothered by some of the images of monsters who actually are scary. One example is the scary monster on the cover (not Lorry, but the one that appears to be crawling out of the book he is holding). Be aware if you have a child that may be sensitive to these images.
Cute story, cute monster, and a great lesson on understanding limitations and adjusting to circumstances.
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